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Poster: garthus Date: Oct 21, 2009 8:08pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Question about the Scanning Service

Stephen,

I use a good quality sheet rock knofe, change the blades often. Place the book down on a wooden board preferably unfinished to increase friction so the book will not slide. Sometimes I place a rubber mouse pad under the book to stop sliding. Use a steel rule or straight edge and just run the blade along the straight edge until all of the pages are cut down. Practice on useless materials first, since the PS magazines are fragile, be careful to not tear the pages instead of cutting them.

The way to cut out the pages of a book is to leave the two covers and binding in place. Set the book on a piece of scrap wood on the corner of a table with the bottom cover hanging vertically off the scrap wood and edge of the table. This way there is no chance of cutting the table or cutting off the back cover of the book. Lay a straight edge in from the binding about 1/4" on the first internal page and cut along this guide with a sharp knife, making several passes. You should be able to free up about 50 pages before you need to remove these pages and reset the straight edge. Cutting out the pages this way leaves a smooth surface for re-gluing pages with any wood glue.

A book can be cut apart this way in about two minutes. If you don't want to reglue the pages, reset them in the cover (still completely intact) and add a rubber band. Frequently it is much easier to read loose pages than bound pages.

Re-gluing pages is very simple. Just add some wood glue to the binding and to the binding edge of the pages and stick the pages in the binding. Let set overnight. The new binding will work just as well as before.

Notes: Some pages are printed right to the center "gutter". This makes manually scanning one or two pages at a time impossible. It is also impossible to copy such pages. These pages have to be cut out to be scanned. Secondly, tiny paperback pages are too small to fit in most document feeders. These pages should be scanned manually, two pages at a time with deferred OCR, or copied first and then inserted into the automatic document feeder.

However, cutting and then re-gluing is not workable for library books.

Gerry